A number of tourists mostly the locals have visited Malindi and Watamu for the festive season which has led to congestion. Hotels like Turkle Bay with packages for domestic tourists have been recorded fully booked until January 6th.
The manager of Turkle Bay said they have received a number of both foreign and local hotels because of the good packages. The hotel with only 324 beds has been occupied by visitors from South Africa, Kenya and Uganda and all tourists are treated equally.
The Malindi airport has also been reported congested because of the visitors. The airport manager said the traffic has increased by 15% which means the al Shabaab threats have not affected tourism in the area. The number of flights for Fly 540 have changed from four to five each day while Kenya Airways has been planning to change the Emba plane 70 seater to that of 90 passengers.
The Airport has three private jets that have landed which include one for the two old couples from Europe who come every year for holiday in Malindi, another one for the Italian billionaire Flavio Briatore , the other is for the Bell’s family from South Africa and more are expected during the season.
Joshua Nkanatha the District Commissioner of Malindi advised airlines, transport companies and hotels not to increase their prices very much because of the economic crisis that is happening.
He said everyone in Malindi is safe because security measures have been set up to prevent any attacks from Al Shabaab.